Sustainable Infrastructure

Xeriscaping Program - City of Regina

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Randy Burant, A.Sc.T, Water Technologist
Email address of primary contact person: 
rburant@regina.ca
Describe the project (This description appears in your map point. Insert a photo if you choose by selecting the "tree" icon): 

The City of Regina has introduced Xeriscaping classes free to the public. Xeriscape means, "water conservation through creative landscaping". A xeriscape landscape has the following benefits:

    * reduces outdoor watering requirements by half during the summer

    * often looks better than the common turf landscape

    * offers tremendous color, variety and beauty, even in winter

    * gives you more time to enjoy your yard because it needs less watering, mowing, fertilizing and weeding

Xeriscape requires careful planning and a good design, but the guiding principle is water conservation. Since Regina doesn't get a lot of moisture, xeriscape relies on native plants that are drought-tolerant. There are more than 100 perennials, annuals, vines, shrubs and trees suited to Regina's climate.

To see the City's xeriscape demonstration site, visit Dr. A. E. Perry School at 93 Lincoln Drive.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

Ongoing.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
water conservation, xeriscape, City of Regina, low water
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Informal - Free classes are offered through the City of Regina and material is available for viewing at http://www.regina.ca/Page427.aspx

What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)

White Metal Goods/Scrap Metal Recycling Program - City of Regina

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
City of Regina
Email address of primary contact person: 
Not Applicable
Describe the project (This description appears in your map point. Insert a photo if you choose by selecting the "tree" icon): 

The objective of the White Metal Goods/Scrap Metal Recycling Program is to divert the material from the landfill, to recycle scrap metal and extract freon gas from discarded refrigerators. White goods (stoves, refrigerators, etc.) and scrap metal are separated and collected from incoming material at the Fleet Street Landfill. This program diverted 506 tons of material in 1998, and resulted in about $25,000 in revenue from a local scrap metal dealer. Incremental program improvements include monitoring of scrap metal prices to maximize revenue potential and to consider contracting with appliance repair businesses to promote the salvage useable parts prior to metal shredding.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

Ongoing.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
white metal, recycling, scrap metal, City of Regina
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Informal - Material available for viewing at http://www.regina.ca/Page600.aspx.

What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)

Tinsel Mulch Christmas Tree Recycling Program - City of Regina

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
City of Regina
Email address of primary contact person: 
Not Applicable
Describe the project (This description appears in your map point. Insert a photo if you choose by selecting the "tree" icon): 

About 10,000 Christmas trees are recycled each year in Regina through the Tinsel Mulch Program. The program reduces the amount of organic material destined for the landfill and produces useful mulch for residential yards and gardens. The tree mulch is also composted to reduce the production of greenhouse gases such as methane, which contributes to global warming, and is a beautiful soil conditioner for Regina's flowerbeds and gardens. The tree collection begins in early January (following Orthodox Christmas) and takes about 6-8 weeks to complete. The City distributes the organic "tinsel mulch" to residents in the spring.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

Ongoing.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
tinsel mulch, Christmas tree, recycling program, City of Regina
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Informal - Material available for viewing at http://www.regina.ca/Page603.aspx.

What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)

Big Blue Bin Recycling Program - City of Regina

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
City of Regina
Email address of primary contact person: 
Not Applicable
Describe the project (This description appears in your map point. Insert a photo if you choose by selecting the "tree" icon): 

The Big Blue Bin program is the largest and best-known recycling initiative in Regina. Established in 1991, the program has recycled nearly 30,000 tons of waste paper, saving the equivalent of 420,000 trees. All sorts of household paper can be recycled through the Big Blue Bins, including flyers, ad mail, magazines and newspapers. The important thing is that the paper is clean (rinse milk and juice cartons) and cardboard boxes of every description are flattened. The 20 Big Blue Bins, which are situated in 13 neighborhoods around the city, feature a lower door to make it easier for recyclers with disabilities

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

Ongoing.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
recycling, big blue bin, paper, cardboard, City of Regina
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Informal - Material available for viewing at http://www.regina.ca/Page598.aspx.

What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)

Free Knowledge Day

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Charlotte Morrissette
Email address of primary contact person: 
charlotte@rpirg.org
Describe the project (This description appears in your map point. Insert a photo if you choose by selecting the "tree" icon): 

The Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG) hosted a one day event for students and community members to learn and participate in discussions on issues of public interest.  The issues discussed this year included: provincial politics and student/voting apathy (this was a highlight because the provincial election was happening shortly after the event. Note that we brought in a professor to speak, and also an aboriginal politically active community member as well), Saskatchewan Tar Sands (educating people on the effects of oil and tar sands that are coming to saskatchewan), Aboriginal issues within post-secondary education (unfortunately our speaker was sick and unable to make it),  Videos (we showed films about Nuclear power, mulitculturalism and discrimination), Queer theory (the executive director of GBLUR spoke about the "economics of hate and happiness" as it relates to gay and lesbian issues, university education and student apathy (we discussed what university is, used to be, should be...etc). We had different student groups tabling the event and providing information for students. The event was free and catering was purchased from the local organic food store Eat Healthy Foods.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

The event was on September 22nd, 2008 and began at 10:00am and ran until 7:30pm. There were guest speakers every 1-2 hours, along with films and audio clips.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Student apathy, Tarsands, discrimination, queer theory, sustainability, environmental awareness.
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

The education was provided in a lecture-style format for most of the presentations. This would qualify as a formal-school type of education. Some well documented research was thoroughly provided and explained through slide shows, lectures and discussions.

What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
Are there any research questions and opportunities that have or could be examined with this project?: 

There are many research topics that can be explored as a result of this event. The effects of tar sands and how it will affect sasaktchewan people (aboroginal people/homes/economies...etc in particular). Queer theory is a growing and expanding field with many opportunities for research on queer quality of life in canada, on campus and in the prairies. Research on why students don't vote, volunteer or engage themselves actively in issues of public interest compared to past generations. What is the university experience like for ethnic, gender and other visible minorities?

 

Publications (Has there been any documentation of this project/research?): 

To answer this question, you would have to discuss the particular works brought forth with the presentors. They were responsible for sharing their research, experiences and knowledge on particular issues.

Project sponsors/funders: 

Fully funded by: Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG)

How did you find out about this survey?: 

I was sent an email by Jill Arkles

Addional comments/suggestions: 

The "Theme Areas" are not very inclusive. There should, at least, have an "other" option.

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